Working remotely in Bolivia
In this article I will share my experience with working remotely in Bolivia. It is my first visit to South America as well so I am very excited for this country. In contrary to my last travels, this one is with a group called WiFi Tribe. Same as the Nomad Cruise, WiFi Tribe was founded by German entrepreneurs as well.
The concept is as easy as great: Go to their website, select your destination, choose your room type (single or dorm) and enjoy 4-6 weeks of fun and coworking with a bunch (in my case we were 16 people in total) of strangers. In the beginning they definitely are, but at the end I know all of them pretty well which is different to bigger events for remote work.
The community in WiFi Tribe is super strong
Working remotely in Bolivia describes my experience in the first chapter with WiFi Tribe.
The accommodation offers everything I could wish for: a comfortable bed in a dorm room which I share with an Italian guy and an American.
In addition, we have a huge living room with couches to relax and hot showers. Great. My room mates do not even snore – what else could I wish for?
The nights are usually quite chilly as the altitude is around 3’300 meters above sea level (which is about 10’800 feet) and we are located around 1h outside of La Paz. However, this is nature pure in that valley and this is what I love about it.
My way to work takes around 5min down the little road until I reach the main house. This is also where the other tribe members work from too. In the mornings when the sun did not make its way over the top of the mountains, the athmosphere is magic to me. So peaceful and quite.
Food in Bolivia obviously means: Quinoa!
And this, not as usual in Europe, in big amounts. Kilos, not grams. In three colors. World class. Quinoa is not only eaten plain in Bolivia but also made into burgers or cookies. Both of them are delicious.
Furthermore, I receive three meals a day from Monday to Friday for a small compensation. Usually, the day starts with a wide variety breakfast including muesli, several fresh fruits and scrambled eggs with avocado as well. On some days, there are even fresh smoothies and pancakes with maple sirup – oh Canada!
For lunch there is usually a typical Bolivian soupe or the “Bolivia buffet” how I call it. It includes quinoa or pasta as a base and can be enriched with veggies from the oven, seeds, eggs, yoghurt, bananas, potatos and much much more healthy food. A dream.
For dinner the menu varies a lot, Quinoa is part of it sometimes as well. Have I already mentioned that I love quinoa?
Smartphone and internet
Like I did it in Morocco, I have not bought a local SIM card here either. The reason sounds quite obvious: I just did not want to be online all the time when on the road. And if I had data, I would use it so it is much easier to just not have it. More life quality.
Here is the wifi speed from the Wifi in the main house. I have to mention that I mostly worked over VPN which slows down the speed slightly and this is why the real speed is a bit higher:
As already mentioned earlier, people within WiFi Tribe usually work on weekdays. So did I, usually. This allowed me to join most of the weekend trips which were always a lot of fun. Sometimes I had long bus drives over night (buses in Bolivia are awesome by the way) or a domestic flight in order to reach the destination. Being there is great in these cases because I mostly stayed there for a couple days which made it very chilled out.
Here are my favourite moments from the weekend trips which I did in Bolivia.